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Today is the day that various changes to insolvency law come into force. Insolvency professionals will (hopefully) be aware of these changes and have taken steps to prepare for them, but just to be on the safe side, Frances Coulson at Moon Beever helpfully summarises the main changes.
Aspects of the Deregulation Act 2015 and the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015— both of which became law on 26th March 2015—will take effect from 1st October 2015, as will some secondary legislation.
It will be important to keep making representations to the Insolvency Service and Parliament as to how these changes work (or don’t work) particularly in areas of great concern such as fee estimates, and compensation orders.
The Deregulation Act 2015 (which deals with a myriad of things from driving instructors to “sellers of knitting yarn”!) deals with companies and insolvency in three short sections at sections 17, 18 and 19 and schedule 6. Only section 17 is substantive. Section 18 deals with audit and section 19 merely refers to Schedule 6.
The main changes for 1st October are:
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 is also very wide ranging. The main 1st October 2015 changes are:
Insolvency (Amendment) Rules 2015 changes from 1st October include the need for IPs to give fee estimates to creditors for time costs where they are used and for creditors to approve them and any increases. This may be problematic in investigation cases in particular.
The main 1st October changes under these statutory instruments are:
The Insolvency (Protection of Essential Supplies) Order 2015 also comes into effect on 1 October. The Order allows the Secretary of State to amend IA 1986, ss 233 and 372 to:
However such suppliers can then:
This is just the start of the changes so there will be a lot of settling in, but there are many more changes to come so it is all going to have a cost to the profession as well as creditors at least in the short term.
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Adapted from a blog post originally published on Moon Beever's website.
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The Deregulation Act 2015
Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015—impact on insolvency
The need to be up-front with creditors on fees
The Insolvency (Protection of Essential Supplies) Order 2015—what is its effect?
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Stephen qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and joined the Restructuring and Insolvency team at Lexis®PSL in September 2014 from Shoosmiths LLP, where he was a senior associate in the restructuring and insolvency team.
Primarily focused on contentious and advisory corporate and personal insolvency work, Stephen’s experience includes acting for office-holders on a wide range of issues, including appointments, investigations and the recovery and realisation of assets (including antecedent transaction claims), and for creditors in respect of the impact on them of the insolvency of debtors and counterparties.
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